Preserving the Harvest: Apricot Jam


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Remember the apricots we got from my parents tree? We dehydrated some, made apricot crisp with some and we even froze some apricots to make apricot crisp later. We STILL had more so Little Chef A was amazingly helpful and made apricot jam with me. She stayed with me from beginning to end! She was VERY proud of herself for this accomplishment!
She is the one who takes a PB&J; sandwich to school everyday! She usually prefers grape jelly, which we also make, but now she already has a plan to alternate grape jelly with apricot jam!  Helping in the preserving process gives her ownership and she is VERY protective of her jelly already! I know she will be just the same with her jam. She thinks it is THE best ever!
Now that she is a pro at cutting apricots I set her loose again and let her do the work! I love reaping the rewards of teaching a great skill!

Instead of chopping all the apricots we decided to take the easy route and use the pulse feature of the food processor. This saved A LOT of time. Little Chef A said she does not like the big chunks of fruit so she made sure to pulse until the fruit were cut into small pieces.

We followed the directions found in the pectin box. Little Chef A was the official stirrer the entire time! She said her arm hurt she was stirring for so long! Notice the double hot pads to protect her hands and arms from the heat and any drops that might jump out of the pan.

When the jam was finished cooking I poured it out of the hot pan into a large glass measuring bowl. It was very easy to then pour it into the smaller glass jars. It does dirty one more pan, but it is well worth it. I do not have to use the ladle and the mess is a lot smaller.

Little Chef A very carefully wiped the edges of the jars, then we put the lids on and let them be.

I love the look of finished jam in the jars. We usually keep the jars on the counter for a few days just to admire our work! It gives us such a sense of accomplishment. Of course we couldn’t wait to try it so we opened up a jar right away. Actually, Little Chef A was the first to try it because  she licked the stirring spoon while I was filling the jars!

 


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14 Replies to "Preserving the Harvest: Apricot Jam"

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    Brandi July 27, 2012 (8:33 am)

    Love apricots. Thanks for sharing your recipe. I bet your jam is delicious.

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    Rachel July 27, 2012 (7:41 pm)

    I love apricot jam, that looks great! Found you via the bloglovin' hop…I'm following you there! 🙂

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    Printabelle July 27, 2012 (9:47 pm)

    Those jars are just amazingly beautiful! I can see why you want to see them for a while! Delicious lunch treat.

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    Jonnique July 28, 2012 (12:45 am)

    Great pics and looks so good! Your newest follower! Would love for you to follow back!?

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    Happy Whimsical Hearts July 28, 2012 (9:35 pm)

    Little Chef A did a great job! The jam looks super yummy 🙂 So nice to be able to make your own jam. Thanks for sharing at Happy lil ❤'s are baking!!

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    Not Your Ordinary Agent July 29, 2012 (7:21 am)

    This looks so good!! I wanted to make some blueberry jam. You've inspired me! Thanks for linking to Foodtastic Friday!

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    Christy Bauer July 29, 2012 (2:08 pm)

    Looks great! Katie was excited to see this because she just made apricot jam with her Grandma.

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    Angela July 29, 2012 (10:31 pm)

    Love Apricots, thanks for sharing this recipe

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    Miz Helen July 31, 2012 (3:29 pm)

    This is a great Apricot Jam, we just love apricots so we will really enjoy this jam. Hope you are having a great week and thank you so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday.
    Come Back Soon!
    Miz Helen

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    marissa July 31, 2012 (7:20 pm)

    this looks so good thanks so much for linking up. I just wanted to let you know that I'm featuring this today feel free to stop by and grab a button. I can't wait to see what you have to share this week.

    Marissa
    http://raegunwear.blogspot.com

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    Miz Helen August 2, 2012 (8:47 am)

    Congratulations!
    Your recipe is featured on Full Plate Thursday this week. Hope you are having a great week and enjoy your new Red Plate.
    Come Back Soon!
    Miz Helen

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    Cheerios and Lattes August 3, 2012 (9:29 am)

    My husband loves apricot jam! Thanks for linking up on Saturday Show and Tell. I hope you'll be back again this week with some more of you great ideas.
    -Mackenzie
    http://www.cheeriosandlattes.com

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    Julie August 4, 2012 (9:54 am)

    Thank you for participating in Show Your Stuff Blog Hop, You are invited to come back:
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    Slice of Southern August 4, 2012 (5:13 pm)

    Love this recipe! I'd like to invite you to share your recipe at Southern Sundays. The party starts tomorrow and I know this would be a hit. Hope to see you there!
    http://www.asliceofsouthern.blogspot.com

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